A new issue of Socio-Legal Review is out. From Tehelka, should India give up its parliament? Shashi Tharoor wonders. From NYRB, Pankaj Mishra on Indians against democracy. The failed promise of once beloved Manmohan Singh: Ram Guha assesses the many failings of a man once projected as India's best prime minister. The Cult of Mayawati: Love her or hate her, India's polarizing political superstar is a force to be reckoned with. What is India? India is a country of mostly immigrants who came to the country over the past 10,000 years. Siddhartha Shome on the New India versus the global green Brahmins. If only the rest of the world could emulate the Government of Rajasthan in India in adopting public policies to promote the commons. Is India’s government killing its economic miracle? India’s current retail economy might be imperfect, but it works as a shock absorber — Bhavdeep Kang on the pitfalls of opening India to big retail (and more). From Guernica, is the dearth of world-class museums in India part of the tragic legacy of empire? A look at 5 things you can learn about India from their action movies.
From Twentieth Century Communism (reg. req.), Brigitte Studer on 1968 and the formation of the feminist subject. From Janus Head, Rolf von Eckartsberg and Elsa von Eckartsberg (Duquesne): Social and Electronic Immortality; and Amy E. Taylor (Duquesne): Body and Technology: Reframing the Humanistic Critique. From Arts and Opinion, class and the caste system: Robert J. Lewis writes in defense of inequality; and keep the faith: An interview on being and transexuality. Sami Ahmad Alsmadi and Ibrahim Alnawas on consumer rights today: Are they in business or out of business? A review of 1494: How a Family Feud in Medieval Spain Divided the World in Half by Stephen R. Bown. Based on the idea that tourism and of course management are sources of alienation, some scholars see in Paul Virilio an enemy who should not be academically rivaled but silenced. A review of Monsters and their Meanings in Early Modern Culture: Mighty Magic by Wes Williams. From Cracked, a look at the 5 biggest benefits of growing up fat; and an article on the 7 stupidest things that make people proud.
The future is a virus: Not literally, of course, but if we think about the future as something that infects us, we gain a new perspective on our world. A look at 5 ways the world will change radically this century. Human civilisation "will collapse" unless greed culture is stopped, report warns. Crossing the line as civilization implodes: Joe Romm on the Heartland Institute, Peter Gleick and Andrew Revkin. Apocalypse Soon: Prophecies of impending doom, based on hard science as well as Scripture, abound — where does our appetite for retribution come from? Waiting for the end of the world: Lots of people think the apocalypse is coming, and a crop of luxury fallout shelters are taking reservations. National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Joshua Holland on how right-wing conspiracy theories may pose a genuine threat to humanity. A review of Apocalypse for Beginners by Nicolas Dickner. Dylan Hughes on how to dress for the Apocalypse. Here are 10 real survival guides for one very fake Apocalypse.